Bradford Young and the Visual Art of Black Care
A Public Screening and Artist Talk
Free and Open to the Public

Liquid blackness is proud to announce a public screening and artist talk dedicated to
award-winning cinematographer and installation artist, Bradford Young

Sunday, April 15, 5:00 p.m., Kopleff Recital Hall
15 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
in collaboration with the Film and Media Studies Department, Emory University and CMII, Creative Media Industries Institute, Georgia State University

Bradford Young is the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Dee Rees’s Pariah, and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George. Young has also provided cinematography for Untitled (Structures), in collaboration with installation artist Leslie Hewitt, and created multi-channel installations Bynum Cutler and REkONGIZE. In 2016, Young directed two long-form music videos for Common’s Black America Again—“Black America Again” and “Letter to the Free,” featured in Ava DuVernay’s The 13th.

Bradford Young’s work seeks a visual aesthetics of black care. Studying at Howard University under Haile Gerima, the director of Bush Mama, Ashes and Embers, and Sankofa, Young is a critical contemporary voice in the lineage of artists and filmmakers such as Ernest Dickerson, Arthur Jafa, and Malik Sayeed, who are similarly invested in producing a black aesthetics. Young’s process finds black care in what he calls “black intentionality,” i.e. image-making that is always explicit about coming from, expressing, and leading back to blackness.

Following Young’s artist talk, liquid blackness founder and coordinator, Dr. Alessandra Raengo, will lead a discussion and Q&A.

Resources about the research project that lead to this event will soon be available on this website.

Supported by:
Film and Media Studies Department, Emory University
CMII, Creative Media Industries Institute, Georgia State University
Student Media, Georgia State University
College of the Arts, Georgia State University

Press Contact:
Alessandra Raengo,